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I delivered this presentation at the Canadian Association of Journalists "Innovate News" conference in Toronto, ON on January 30, 2010. The topic was "Visual Thinking and the Writing Process" and …

I delivered this presentation at the Canadian Association of Journalists "Innovate News" conference in Toronto, ON on January 30, 2010. The topic was "Visual Thinking and the Writing Process" and looks at visual techniques that writers could use in brainstorming, gathering information and developing their stories.

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/solidal/2867760815/
  • Lay everything out where you can see itPhysically move the elements
  • Lay everything out where you can see itCreate ArtifactsLook for new relationships/structures
  • Brainstorming, Information Gathering and organization
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinsteinhardt/4179011167/
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chanceprojects/3323969624/
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougbelshaw/4244256733/
  • Watch for opportunities for visualization in your workhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/divinemissn/2853125582/
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    • 1. Visual Thinking & the Writing Process
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      What is Visual Thinking?
      Sketch: Dave Gray via Flickr
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    • 4. How Can it Help?
      As journalists you take fragments of information and find ways to convey complexity in an understandable form…
      Photo: Matt Callow via Flickr
    • 5. How Can it Help?
      …visual thinking can help you become more effective at that process.
      Photo: Matt Callow via Flickr
    • 6. Dig through these?
      Photo: Lidal-K via Flickr
    • 7. Or Reference This?
      Information all on one page, can easily be referenced & updated as you go
    • 8. Who here is sitting there thinking “But I can’t draw?”
    • 9. It’s not about finished artwork
    • 10. It’s about getting away from the linear flow of your word processor
    • 11. Tools
    • 12. Writing Method
      LIST
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      Source: Marks & Meaning (V.0) by Dave Gray
    • 13. Visual Method
      ARTIFACTS
      MODEL
      REFINE
      DISPLAY
      Inspired by: Marks & Meaning (V.0) by Dave Gray | Sketch: carey.chiaia | Illustration: Dougbelshaw
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      The process is actually quite similar – and in the early stages there’s no reason you can’t start at one and move to the other.
    • 15. A Visual “Alphabet”
      The basic elements of the visual alphabet are really quite simple.
    • 16. Simplify
      But you can create almost anything with them.
    • 17. Create Artifacts
      Post-its, Index cards, paper. Make physical artifacts that you can see, touch and reference
    • 18. Get Physical
      Get up, move around, shuffle the artifacts to see what happens
    • 19. See the whole picture
      Lay everything out where you can see it, physically move yourself to view it from different angles. What structures or relationships can you see now?
    • 20. Methods
    • 21. MindMapping
    • 22. Maps
      A map can very quickly convey the necessary information. Writing the same notion out could take many, many words words
      Sketch: Kevin Steinhardt
    • 23. Timeline
      Give your notes context and a timeframe, show how the events relate and effect each other.
      Sketch: Chance Projects
    • 24. Comparison Table
      Quickly summarize the differences between two or more things. Can be referenced very quickly
      Sketch: Doug Belshaw
    • 25. Clustering
      Discover patterns and relationships in your artifacts. Move them into clusters or categories based on their common ties
    • 26. Models / Systems
      How do elements related to each other?
    • 27. Delivery / Publishing
      Watch for opportunities to tell your stories with visuals that complement your text
      Photo: divinemissn
    • 28. My Own Process
    • 29. List / Artifacts
    • 30. Outline / Model
    • 31. Draft / Refining
    • 32. Publish / Delivery
    • 33. Visual Thinking resources, VizThnkU online courses, free webinars and workshops, local communities
      VizThink.com
    • 34. Questions?
      Thanks for your time!
      I’ll post slides & links to resources at:
      http://ryancoleman.ca/CAJ2010
      Ryan Coleman
      http://ryancoleman.ca
      Twitter: @ryancoleman
      CC: Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike

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